Date lodged: 27 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) operations in East Kilbride since the announcement of the proposed relocation of HMRC operations to regional centres.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 19 October 2016
When HMRC announced the next stage of their Building our Future transformation programme on 12 November 2015, the First Minister spoke personally to the second Permanent Secretary at HMRC to relay her grave concerns over job losses. Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, wrote to David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to HM Treasury, on 5 July 2016, to relay the Scottish Government’s concerns over the HMRC office closures.
We are fully committed to working with all interested parties at local, national and UK level, including the trades unions, to mitigate the impact of HMRC office closures and job losses in Scotland.